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RCSC Fall 2020 Newsletter

27 September 2020

Dear Renaissance Conference of Southern California Members and Friends,

I write to update you on our preparations for the 2021 RCSC Conference. Included in this newsletter is information on the important recent work some of our community of scholars has produced over the last couple of years. 

We all looked forward to our 2020 RCSC Conference that would have been a fascinating day to explore the important scholarship put together in eleven various panels, but Covid-19 forced us to cancel this conference. We want to thank Heather Graham, 2019-2020 RCSC President, for her thoughtful and insightful leadership in creating the 2020 Conference. We wish that we all could have experienced the joyful intellectual community that she had forged during this year. 

We are  pleased, however, to announce that the presenters for our 2020 Roundtable on Interdisciplinary Approaches have agreed to join us next March for this important discussion. We remain grateful to: Amy Buono (Art History, Chapman University), Katherine Powers (Music, California State University, Fullerton), and Martine van Elk (English, California State University, Long Beach) for again offering to share their insights of working across disciplines in producing scholarship. 

Along with our Round Table presenters, we welcome those scholars previously scheduled to participate last year to please re-submit your paper and panel proposals for the 65th Renaissance Conference of Southern California Annual Conference Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021. This meeting will be our first webinar conference. We anticipate the conference will continue to attract art history, literature, musicology, and history scholars from California as well as  national and international scholars who have traditionally enjoyed spending the day together at the Huntington, experiencing provocative and influential scholarship, forming bonds with one another, and creating a very special sense of a scholarly community. Our 65th conference will again prove to be a genuine experience of such a community. As we prepare for our coming webinar, we will keep our members informed on all necessary details. 

We do hope each of you will consider submitting a proposal to the 65th annual Renaissance Conference of Southern California meeting. The CFP deadline is 9 November 2020. 

RCSC Donors (2020)

We could not create this important scholarly community without the support of generous donors, such as:

Yvonne Elet

Robert G. Frank Jr.

Maryanne Cline Horowitz

Klena Kazakova

Sheryl Reiss

Linda Wolk-Simon

In addition to the support of donors, we are also dependent on our collective membership. Please consider becoming a member.

Membership not only helps to ensure the fiscal health of the RCSC, enabling us to continue to host the Annual Conference at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens while keeping registration fees affordable for all, it also comes with added benefits.

Members are able to:

  • Submit short texts for publication in our twice-yearly Newsletter
  • Participate in the Annual Conference as session Chairs and/or Respondents
  • Propose panels for RCSC Sponsorship at the Renaissance Society of America’s Annual Meeting
  • Participate in Members Only events

Membership is a minimal fee, 15$ (Regular) 10$ (Student), and rolls over on January 1st each year. Please consider supporting our scholarly community by joining today!

RCSC Member Publications and Conferences

For our Fall 2020 RCSC Newsletter, we are launching a list of recent and forthcoming publications and conferences from our members. Please peruse the following for inspiring and stimulating scholarship:

Julia Lupton (UC Irvine) was happy to serve as dramaturg for New Swan Shakespeare’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Zoom” (August 2020). The production and talkbacks are available on YouTube. The theatrical experience is readily available in Julia and her team’s video essays on performing on Zoom, diversity in casting, and the production itself.

RCSC Member Publications

Asaro, Brittany. Gallery Talk, “Living and Dying Lords: Sacred and Profane Love in Italian Renaissance Poetry.” November 2019 at the exhibit Christ: Life, Death, and Resurrection, curated by Hugo Chapman and Sarah Vowles (The British Museum) in the Hoehn Family Galleries at the University of San Diego.

Blessing, Carol.“‘It shall teach all Ladies the right path to rectify their issue’: Bastardy Law in John Webster’s The Devil’s Law-Case.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews (2018): 31.3, pp. 161-167.

_____. Paper Presentation, “W.D. Snodgrass as the Wise Fool.” November 2019 at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in San Diego.

Dr. Blessing,  please accept the heartfelt congratulations from RCSC Membership on your recent retirement from Point Loma Nazarene University after 27 years of teaching, some of it also serving as department Chair! You are an inspiring intellectual force. 

Ardolino, Frank. Spenser, Kyd, and the Authorship of The Spanish Tragedy. New York, Peter Lang, 2019. 

Blaine, Marlin E. “The Erotic Wit of Herrick’s ‘The Parcæ’: Mythic Revision and a Metaleptic 

______. Pun on ‘Die.’ ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, 2020.  DOI: 10.1080/0895769X.2020.1817725 

_____“Lust, Spirit, and the Vice List in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129 and Galatians 5.”  The Ben Jonson Journal 27.2 (2020), 234-46.  (Based on a paper presented at the 2019 RCSC.)

_____“Sallustian Views of Nature and Ethics in Paradise Lost, Book 8.”  Notes & Queries. 

Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjaa095. Forthcoming in print, September 2020.

_____“Cremation and the Author Cult in Richard Lovelace’s Posthume Poems and Robert Herrick’s Hesperides.” Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, and Reproduction. Sponsored CSU Long Beach Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, CA. 9 Nov, 2019.

_____“The Living Bust in Seventeenth-Century Author Portraits: Disability and Transcendence.” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. St. Louis, MO. 17 Oct. 2019.

Buono, Amy and Sven Dupré, eds. A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance. A Cultural History of Color Series, Vol. 3. General Eds. Carole P. Bigga and Kirsten Wolf. London: Bloomsbury Academic, (forthcoming, Dec 2020). ISBN: 9781474273732

Crawford, JE and Nathaniel Crawford. Chronicles of Pythia: The Last Trojan Princess. Kindle Edition. Illustrations. Sai Yogetsh Kindle [email protected], 2019.

Dadabhoy, Ambereen. “Skin in the Game: Teaching Race in Early Modern Literature.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART) 27.2 (Fall 2020).

____. “The unbearable whiteness of being (in) Shakespeare.” Postmedieval: a Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies. V. 11, 2-3, 228-235. 2020. 

Fumerton, Patricia. The Broadside Ballad in Early Modern England: Moving Media, Tactical Publics (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press, Oct 2020).

Graham, Heather. “Guido Mazzoni and Renaissance Emotions.”

_____. “Introduction to Gender in Renaissance Italy.”

Graham, Heather and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank. “Mannerism, An Introduction.”

Griffin, Andrew. Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. (    

Horowitz, Maryanne Cline and Louise Arizzoli, eds. Bodies and Maps: Early Modern Personification of the Continents. Intersections Series, Vol. 73 (forthcoming, Brill Publishers, November 2020). ISBN: 978-90-04-43803-3

Kilroy-Ewbank, Lauren and Heather Graham. “Types of Renaissance Patronage.”

Lehnhof, Kent. “Sweet Fooling: Ethical Humor in Lear and Levinas,” forthcoming in SQ 71 (2021).

_____. “Twinship and Marriage in The Comedy of Errors.” Studies in English Language 60 (2020): pp. 277–98.

McCabe, Sophia Quach. “Intermediaries and the Market: Hans Rottenhammer’s Use of Networks in the Copper Painting Market.” In Art Markets and Digital Histories. Eds. Claartje Rasterhoff and Sandra van Ginhoven. Basel: MDPI, 2020.   

Moffatt, Constance and Sara Taglialagamba, eds. Leonardo da Vinci—Nature and Architecture. Leonardo Studies, Vol. 2. Leiden: Bril, 2019.

Van Elk, Martine. “Female Glass Engravers in the Early Modern Dutch Republic.”  Renaissance Quarterly 73.1 (Spring 2020): pp. 165-211.

_____. “‘Famed as far as one finds books’: Women Publishers in the Dutch Republic and England.” In Women’s Labour and the History of the Book in Early Modern England. Ed. by Valerie Wayne. London: Bloomsbury/Arden, 2020. pp. 115–42.

_____.“Women Writers and the Dutch Stage: Public Femininity in the Plays of Verwers and      Questiers.” In Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500–1750. Eds. Amanda Pipkin and Sarah Joan Moran. Leiden: Brill, 2019, pp. 167–91.


The 65th Renaissance Conference of Southern California, 2021, will be my last official event with the RCSC. I am sincerely grateful for my tenure on the Board of Directors for the past four years in which I have enjoyed continuing to work with talented mentors and communicating with so many special and generous scholars who have kindly shared their meaningful ideas on their important work that always stimulates and inspires me. 

We will be seeking a fourth member after my tenure concludes this Spring. I highly encourage all our members to consider and to apply for the Board of Directors to have the pleasant duty of organizing this conference.

The information to submit is below:

Opportunity to Serve: RCSC Officer Needed

Please consider serving as an Officer and Executive Committee member of the RCSC. Members of the RCSC Executive Committee serve for four years, rotating through the various offices from Treasurer to President.

All officers are responsible for the following:

  • Meeting (online or in-person) at least twice a year
  • Reading and voting on all submissions for the annual conference
  • Helping to form cohesive panels for the annual conference
  • Attending the annual conference and chairing panels as needed

For additional information on officer duties, please see our website

If you would like to be considered as an RCSC officer, term beginning Spring 2021-Spring 2025, please submit a short statement of interest and a current CV to the in-coming 2021-2022 RCSC President, Sophia McCabe by April 30, 2021 at: [email protected]      

Many thanks for your years of support. We look forward to seeing all our members at our 2021 RCSC Annual Meeting. 

Stay Safe!

Kind Regards, 

M. Barbara Mello, President

Sophia McCabe, Vice-President 

Marlin Blaine, Secretary

Brittany Asaro, Treasurer


Membership helps to ensure the fiscal health of the RCSC, enabling us to continue to host the Annual Conference at the exceptional Huntington Library while keeping registration fees affordable for all. More importantly, Membership contributes to the continued growth of our shared scholarly community.

Members are able to:

  • Submit short texts for publication in our twice-yearly Newsletter
  • Participate in the Annual Conference as session Chairs and/or respondents
  • Propose panels for RCSC Sponsorship at the Renaissance Society of America’s Annual Conference
  • Participate in Members Only events

Please join today!